What is a purposeful life? It is found in understanding that you are called to live the antithesis of the gospel. This means that you are called to live a totally different life from the world; your daily life is engaged in spiritual warfare.
What does it really mean to live a life for the glory of God? This article explains that this purpose of life is truly all-encompassing. Thus, not to live for the glory of God is to live a wasted life.
What should characterize a Christian classroom? This article speaks of making a classroom a theatre of praise, and directs its remarks particularly toward teachers. They are to be completely devoted to Christ, model a Christian character, hold to a Christian worldview, be passionate for Reformed education, and exert Christian influence and leadership.
After a quick overview of the history in which the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards were written, the article compares the two confessional standards and how the doctrine of election features in each one. The author explains that the Belgic Confession tends to be infralapsarian compared to the Westminster Standards, which are more supralapsarian (such terms are clearly defined in the article).
Children grieve too. This article explains how can you help children cope with grief and express their grief over the loss of a loved one or through a time of illness. Helping children grieve according to their age is important.
When was Reformation day? After chronicling the events that led to the Reformation, this article argues that October 31, 1517 was the beginning of the event that led to the Reformation day, December 10, 1520.
The church needs to excel in incorporating the handicapped into the congregation. They and their families need the church's support. This article reflects on this reality, and encourages the reader to reach out to those members among us with special needs.
Those within the church suffering from mental health issues should not only be directed to professionals for help. The church should play a role in helping them. This article discusses three ways in which the church can do that.
Scripture speaks in a twofold way about the church, as being the one body of Christ as well as various churches in different locations. This article sets out from this reality to discuss how churches are to relate to each other and thereby enjoy and maintain unity with one another while respecting the autonomy of each church.
What are things to consider when choosing a career? This article explains that choosing a career is a matter of prayer, and of understanding the biblical concept of vocation. The author also points out that some careers are not suitable for Christians.
How should Christians respond to rumours of war? This article argues that Christians should find their comfort in knowing that Christ is the one who rules the world of politics, and God in his sovereignty rules and overrules all human activity, including when to allow war and when to stop it.
Is Matthew 24 written to help us predict the return of Christ? This article considers the passage, and explains that the signs of the times are given not so much to help us predict when Christ will return, but to remind us that Christ has not yet come.
How should the church maintain unity and deal with new heresies using old confessions? Is there a need for new confessions or revised confessions? This article looks at two scenarios to show that what is more important is the need for the confessions to remain living among the members of the church.
How can churches relate together and have unity based on the confessions? This article proposes the adoption of Three Forms of Unity as the basis for church unity. Here focus is given to the issue of the expressions of different cultures and traditions and adhering to similar confessions.
Church unity should not only be limited to the local churches or even churches nationally. There must be a way of getting the churches to express this unity at an international level. How? This article examines some of the ways for international inter-relations within the churches.
"Things just happen." Is there a room for such a statement in the Christian faith? Only those who believe in chance can utter those words. But what is chance and is there chance? This article examines the claims of chance in light of God’s sovereignty, providence, and knowledge.
This article explains that John Calvin learned that real freedom is found not in pursuing your own will, but in being content with and praying for God's providence. The author draws the relevant connection to today.
How do you view your daily job? As simply a necessary evil, a means to an end, or as a fulfillment of our cultural mandate? This article explains that a Christian ought to view his work as an opportunity to be a co-worker with God, for the glory of God and the service of the neighbour. The author points out three considerations that impact our choice of a career: our inclination, our aptitude, and the circumstances wherein we exist.
Social media is not inherently good or evil. It is how you use it that counts. This article discusses the various uses of Facebook, explaining that it should not cause disconnection within church life, nor lead to addiction, nor harm the fellowship of believers.
In thinking about death and dying, some people long for eternity, others act as though there is no life after death, and still others are full of fear and uncertainty. This article shows how to face death through the comfort found in the gospel.
Can you sing Psalm 106:7? This article explains why the Israelites were told to utterly destroy the Canaanites. The role of violence in the Old Testament was to prepare the way for the Messiah and to bring God's punishment against sin. The author also discusses the relevance of the OT penalties for today.
This article is about the relationship between the old and new covenant, and the fulfillment of the Old Testament in Jesus Christ. Looking at Matthew 5:17-20, the author also discusses the place of the law in the New Testament.
Why should Christians study church history? Christians should study church history to be aware of potential dangers for the church. Satan fights against the Church through persecution and false doctrine. By studying church history, Christians can be encouraged in persecution, and can fight against false teaching when it arises.
Can the Triune God be used as a model for how men and women should relate? This article evaluates both the egalitarian and the complementarian positions on gender roles. The author shows that within the Trinity there is functional subordination, which flows from existential subordination. Working from this, men and women can be viewed as equal, and yet as having different roles.
This article discusses church music and the use of the organ. The author maintains that the Bible does not speak against the use of instruments in church to adorn the singing, and the use of an organ can be beneficial for worship.
Looking at the qualifications for office-bearers as detailed in Titus 1:6-9, this article shows that God's standard for this office is high. The author compares these qualifications to the requirements for a priest (Leviticus 21), making the point that men called to office are required to be holy and blameless.
This article looks at the relationship between the three parts of the Heidelberg Catechism - sin, deliverance, and gratitude. These three parts form a reformed alternative to the sacrament of penance, which also contains three parts - contrition, confession, and satisfaction. In contrast to the sacrament of penance, the Heidelberg Catechism encompasses the whole life of the Christian.
Officebearers have the responsibility to ensure that parents, in accordance with their baptismal promise, seek as much as possible to pursue Christian education for their children. This duty is supported by Article 53 of the Church Order of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia.
This article outlines the historical development of Article 53 of the Church Order of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia. Working from this history, the author shows that Christian education is the responsibility of both parents and consistory, and is in line with the promises made at baptism.